Sunil Sukthankar was born on May 31, 1966, in Karad, India, and has been a part of the filmmaking team with female filmmaker since 1985, winning honors for their work on social issues and feminism. Sunil Sukthankar is a Marathi filmmaker who primarily works in the Marathi cinema and theatre. Sukthankar and Bhave have collaborated in fourteen feature films, over fifty short films, and four television series written by Bhave.
He earned his bachelor's degree in commerce from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce in Pune. He went on to study film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Anuttar was the title of his first film. Sukthankar authored and directed various plays and street plays. Sukthankar was introduced to Bhave by her daughter while making her maiden short film Bai after a career as a theatre activist (1985). He joined Bhave as an assistant after completing his graduation and film director course at the Film and Television Institute of India, where he worked on three short films.
In 1995, Bhave teamed with Sukthankar on the Marathi film Doghi, their first collaboration. The film won multiple prizes, including Best Film at the 32nd Maharashtra State Film Awards and Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 43rd
National Film Awards
. Mor Dekhne Jungle Mein, a Hindi language feature-cum-documentary film, won the Best Marathi Film at the 10th Pune International Film Festival in 2010. Sunil Sukthankar, a three-time National Award-winning director, is well-known in the Marathi cinema industry. He rose to prominence after directing Doghi (1005) and other significant films such as Gho Mala Asala Hawa (2009), Ek Cup Chya (2009), and Ha Bharat Maza (2009). Sunil Sukthankar has also produced two Marathi films and acted in his directorial venture, Ek Cup Chya. Kaasav and
are two of his latest releases.